Kolten Moore, down on the ice, watches Cody Hodges’ rebound slide in behind Kamloops goalie Jason Sandhu. Chase defeated the Storm 4-1, tieing the series at one apiece - Image credit: Rick Koch photo.

Chase, Kamloops go head to head

Chase Heat lose one and win one as division final gets started at Art Holding Memorial Arena.

Last week we got as far as Game 3 in the opening playoff series between the Revelstoke Grizzlies and the Chase Heat. After Game 3, Chase was up two to one in games for the best of seven.

In the fourth game, played in Revelstoke, the Heat got off to a quick start with Ryan Okino scoring less than two minutes in from Josh Bourne and Mason Palaga. At the end of 20, it was 1-0 Heat. In the second, the Stokes’ Ullar Wiatzka scored on a power play to tie the game at 1-1. But Chase came back with a tally from Kolten Moore assisted by Travis Beaubien and Brett Alexander. The match ended 2-1 for the Heat. Nic Bruyere was outstanding in net, foiling 31 of 32 scoring chances.

Game 5 was Thursday, March 2 in Chase in front of 343 raucous fans.

Chase once again got off to a quick start with Bourne on the power play from Beaubien and Grady Musgrave. Wiatzka once again got his team back into it, before Spencer Farstad, on the power play, assisted by Kaden Black and Pat Brady, gave Chase a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. No scoring in the second but plenty of mayhem took the stage.

In the third, Beaubien shone, scoring a pair. His first was from Musgrave and Bourne and his second closed out the series from Bourne and Michael Fidanza. The final score was 4-1 with Bruyere stopping 22 of 23 in a tight series.

The Heat now move onto the division championship series versus the Kamloops Storm.

The first game went March 6 in Chase, where the Storm stole a 5-4 overtime win. The Heat came back in Game 2, defeating Kamloops 4-1.

On Sunday, March 12 at 7 p.m., the teams return to Chase for Game 5. Tickets are available at the Heat office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday or at Safety Mart, both at the Chase Plaza.